I was lucky enough to speak to bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin and some of his responses are the funniest I’ve had yet. Sanity not guaranteed.
So what have you been up to recently?
We just came back from a North American tour, played a festival in Mexico. Then jumped on a tour bus across the continent playing clubs and eating donuts.
Is there a particular date of your tour you’re looking forward to?
The 19th of November, tend to be a good date, oh wait that’s in Bristol! What a coincidence.
Do you follow any routines before going on stage?
Tie the shoelaces, fluff up the beard & spank the vibes up.
‘Klapp Klapp’ is the first single from the album, whose decision was that?
Felt like the obvious statement of the album. Unless you’re into ballads.
Do you take on a different persona when performing?
Somehow in a way. Then sometimes not so much. It’s theatre in a way, but also being very much ourselves.
What does Nabuma Rubberband mean and why did you choose to use it for the album name?
It can be filled with clues and meanings or it could just be meaningless. It had a more interesting ring to it then say perhaps…the Western Eye.
Hmm, cheeky! Do you have a favourite track from the album?
Depends on the mood. ‘Killing Me’ for the pre-party. ‘Catrider’ for making out. ‘Pink Cloud’ for spacing out.
If you could collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?
Jimi Hendrix or Kate Bush. Brilliant people & far out times
When you first formed in 2005, did you ever expect this sort of success?
Nope, so pleasantly surprised.
How have you dealt with the fame?
Well got season 1 on DVD then downloaded season 2. Think that the series lost its pulse after.
*Laughing* I sense you’re the joker of the band. Is it true your band name was inspired by a nickname given to Yukimi as a result of the tantrums she used to throw?
Would you believe me if I said no? Fred & the Tantrums was already taken unfortunately.
Aw what a shame, I quite like Fred & the Tantrums. Still I think Little Dragon has more of a ring to it! You appeared on the Gorillaz 2010 album, plastic Beach, how did that come about?
We felt we needed to sneak in to the minds of the Brits. It was the effect of subconscious communications.
What do you like to do in your free time away from the studio?
Space out & read conspiracy theories.
Thank you for chatting!
By Hannah Rooke